Museum of Science and Industry

Simple Machines


Investigate how simple machines work using large-scale examples, then test your knowledge to complete a challenge.

Learning Standards

The Simple Machines lab meets the following state and national learning standards in science.

Illinois Learning Standards

4: A, B; 5: A, B, C; 7: B, C; 10: A, B; 11: A, B; 12: C, D; 13: A, B

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • PS 2: Motion and stability: forces and interactions
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